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Dinosaur Flatulence And Climate Changes

"Fossilized dinosaur dung contains evidence that flatulence from the giant creatures may have helped warm the Earth's climate millions of years ago, scientists said yesterday.

"The researchers detected chemical signs of bacteria and algae in known and suspected dinosaur droppings. That indicates that plant-eating dinosaurs digested their food by fermenting it, a process that gives off methane."

We all know that methane is a "greenhouse gas," so it seems that the dinosaurs may have self-destructed.

(Anonymous; "How Dinosaurs May Have Helped Make Earth Warmer," San Francisco Chronicle, October 23, 1991. Cr. D.H. Palmer)

Comment. We are not being facetious here, for it is seriously proposed that much of the greenhouse gas produced today comes from cattle, sheep, and other animals that ferment their food.

From Science Frontiers #80, MAR-APR 1992. � 1992-2000 William R. Corliss